Hon. Wadie Thomas

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Hon. Wadie Thomas


1995 - present
Judge of the Separate Juvenile Court
Douglas County

Douglas County Family Recovery Drug Court

Omaha Model Court, Lead Judge


1980 - 1995
Private practice of law
Omaha, NE


Advanced Evidence, National Judicial College, 1996

Creighton University School of Law, 1980
Juris Doctorate

Alabama State University, 1977
Bachelor of Arts

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
Midlands Bar Association
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Hearing Examiner for Nebraska EEOC
State Employee Appeals, arbitrator

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications, 2000 - present
Language Access Committee, Juvenile Court representative
Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, Lead Judge 4th district, 2006
Judicial Ethics Committee, prior member

Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association
Committee on Diversity for the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges

Community Activities

National Adoption Saturday Omaha, founding judge, 2000
National Adoption Day, chairman
Mock Trials, former regional coordinator

Honors & Awards

Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow:
Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow selection is based on the integrity and character of the lawyer/judge.  Fellows are accredited by colleagues as leaders of the legal profession who contribute to charitable works and community education.  Membership recognizes established legal professionals dedicated to improving the administration of justice.

Nebraska Supreme Court Outstanding Judge for service to the Community, 2013
Outstanding Judge is the highest honor given by the Chief Justice to recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within Nebraska communities.

Legal Aid Society Certificate of Recognition, for legal services to the indigent, 1987

Outstanding Young Man of America, for community service, 1983

Teaching & Publishing

Presenter/teacher/faculty team host of a project of a traveling institute created through the Federal Violence Against Women Act
Trainer, “Cultural Competency Training”
Trainer, “Disproportionate Confinement of Minorities & Domestic Violence” with National Council of Juvenile & Family Court
Lead Judge/Team Leader, National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges’ demonstrations
Coordinator, the Graduated Sanctions Collaborative Team
Speaker, on “Cultural Competence,” at the Judicial Branch Education Meeting for Clerk Magistrates, 2009